Category: Clean Energy

Guest editorial: Resolve to protect public health from climate change – Billings Gazette, Jan. 15, 2015

January 15, 2015
By Dr. Robert Merchant The new year allows us to reflect on the changes we want or need to make. Often we choose resolutions to maximize our health; quitting smoking is among the most common. Reasons for quitting include improving our health, as well as that of our loved ones and communities. I have a new resolution for all Montanans to consider, and this resolution will significantly improve health. Let’s address climate change. Climate change is no less...
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Letter: NorthWestern misleads on net metering – Helena Independent Record, Jan. 14, 2015

January 14, 2015
We're getting more misinformation from Northwestern Energy about net metering, where small power producers like me feed power into the grid, running their meters backwards. John Fitzpatrick of NWE recently wrote that this process is “expensive and very inefficient,” costing “about $117/KWH.” Excuse me? My solar panels are entirely my expense. Beyond supporting a local installation business, I produce twice as much as I use as a means of community service. NWE then sells the excess to my...
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Commentary: Keystone XL supporters make misleading claims about support along proposed pipeline route – Roll Call, Jan. 8, 2015

January 8, 2015
By Paul Seamans and Darrell Garoutte TransCanada is so intent on winning approval for its proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada, it is spending millions on media ads and making donations to communities along the route. In recent articles, TransCanada has stated that it has obtained 100 percent of the easements in Montana and South Dakota from willing landowners. The operative word here is “willing” — and that word misrepresents what really happened. We are ranchers...
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Northwest tribe calls for halt to coal project review – Casper Star-Tribune, Jan. 7, 2015

January 7, 2015
WASHINGTON'S LUMMI NATION MAKES APPEAL OVER IMPACT ON FISHING GROUNDS By Benjamin Storrow A recent request by the Lummi Nation to halt a federal permit review of the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham, Washington, sets an important legal marker in the debate over coal exports, according to legal observers and analysts. The tribe, in a Monday letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asked the government to end its review of the proposed facility, which would send...
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Northwestern Washington tribe calls on feds to halt coal terminal permit review – KUOW Radio, Jan. 5, 2015

January 6, 2015
By Ashley Ahern LUMMI RESERVATION, Wash. — The Lummi Nation issued a letter Monday to the U.S. government seeking to end the project’s permitting process for a coal-shipping project encircled by their Puget Sound fishing grounds. In the letter, the Lummi tribal council calls on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt the review of a permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham, Washington. At full capacity, it could one day be the...
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Letter: Free up Montana’s renewable energy market – Billings Gazette, Jan. 4, 2015

January 5, 2015
Environmentalists are supposed to want to saddle business with burdensome laws. Right? Well, here’s one that wants to change some laws hamstringing private business, limiting your access to a free market. Thanks to breakthrough technology, the cost of renewable energy has plummeted in recent years, making it affordable and cost effective, especially for solar panels to generate electricity. Now, you can save the earth and save money. Unfortunately, laws currently on the books in Montana seriously limit your...
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Northern Idaho officials seek say on Montana coal railroad – Helena Independent Record, Jan. 2, 2015

January 2, 2015
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Northern Idaho officials are citing environmental laws in asking federal authorities to include the concerns of local communities in reviewing a proposed coal railroad in Montana. Bonner County commissioners made the request to the federal Surface Transportation Board under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported ( in a story on Thursday. The act requires the federal government to analyze potential environmental effects of a proposed federal action. Tongue River...
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Guest opinion: Silvertip zoning district will protect landowners’ rights – Billings Gazette, Dec. 30, 2014

January 2, 2015
By Bonnie Martinell I am a produce farmer and one of the landowners who are working with the county commissioners to establish the Silvertip zoning district in Belfry. Our goal is to protect our health, safety, water, property rights and livelihoods. The zone is the result of a year’s worth of work by a lot of people. I want to particularly thank the Carbon County commissioners, who have put in endless hours listening to constituents and learning about...
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Press release: Northern Plains to push for landowner protections, expansion of clean energy in 2015 Legislature – Dec. 22, 2014

December 22, 2014
By Northern Plains Resource Council Protecting landowner rights and expanding consumers’ access to clean energy, such as solar and wind, lead the list of legislative proposals that the Northern Plains Resource Council hopes to advance during the 2015 Montana Legislature. Some of the legislation already has bipartisan support. Northern Plains is a conservation and family agriculture group based in Billings. Oil and gas priorities “These are common sense changes in the law,” said Terry Punt, a Birney-area rancher and...
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Fossil-fuel industry spent big to set anti-environment agenda of next Congress – Center for American Progress, December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014
By Claire Moser & Matt Lee‐Ashley A legislative rider that was quietly attached to a major defense funding bill earlier this month marked a watershed change in the political fortunes of the coal, oil, and gas industries and their return to power in Washington, D.C. The rider—which turns the Bull Mountains in Montana over to a Koch-connected, Houston-based company to be strip mined for coal—is the fossil-fuel industry’s first major payoff from a three-quarters-of-a-billion-dollar investment to secure Republican control of Congress...
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